Bahamut walked out of the office, and shortly after, he left with the others.
Sister Linda, on the other hand, walked around the room by herself and slowly began to consider the pros and cons of the offer.
“It’s a gold mine… my current job isn’t that bad, but…” Sister Linda muttered in a low voice.
Suddenly, the events of the past began to flow slowly through her mind.
A considerable amount of time had passed since she came here, and unlike the earlier distressing times, she had now fully settled in Lugano.
‘But… I can’t live like this forever. Isn’t this a chance? Maybe it’s an opportunity to pursue the goal I wanted for myself…’
As Sister Londa was lost in her thoughts, there was a knock on the door.
Tok! Tok! Tok!
“Ah, come in.”
Sister Linda answered, and then about three or four people cautiously entered the room.
They were people who worked as foremen (supervisor) of each mine.
At the moment, a look of uneasiness had clouded their faces.
“What’s the matter? Why are you here together like this…”
“That… that… Sister.”
One of the men talked in a timid voice, which didn’t fit their enormous size.
In response, Sister Linda spoke to them with a benevolent smile on her lips, “It’s okay. If there is anything you want to say, feel free to say it.”
As a result, people talked to her with a little less pressure.
“So… Sister… I’m asking just in case…”
“Yes, go on.”
“You’re not thinking of leaving here, are you?”
Another one of the men asked while looking at his companions.
At that, Sister Linda’s expression hardened for a moment, but she spoke to them again with her usual bright smile, “Well, I’m thinking about it for now, but…”
“Ah.. no, Sister!”
“If you leave us, what are we going to do!?”
“I… please, please. Please have pity on us and stay here.”
At Sister Linda’s words, the people became agitated.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Sister Linda was the reason why they were able to survive in such difficult circumstances. She was the one who gave them a new hope, who were in despair after escaping from the land where they had lived for generations.
They understood that without her, life here would surely be miserable, so they wanted to keep her by any means.
And, listening to their plea, Sister Linda spoke in a calm voice, “I understand what you mean. In addition, I also… want to continue living here, and take care of you, as I have always done.”
“That…then can’t you just do that?”
“Sister, you can do as you please. What is making you hesitate? What are you afraid of?”
The people talked to Sister Linda as they were encouraging her.
However, looking at them, Sister Linda put a forlorn expression on her face and said, “But… sometimes there are things you have to do even if you don’t want to do them.”
“That…what is that…” One of the workers expressed their bewilderment
Sister Linda looked away from them, and quietly gazed out the window.
There, as usual, people were starving. Some were wounded, and lying down on the ground.
Some of them were already on their last breath due to severe injuries.
Looking at the place where the groans of the wounded and the cries of those who lost their families resounded, Sister Linda said in a sorrowful voice,
“Look over there. Today, too many people collapsed while doing hard work. Some pitiful people have returned in the arms of the Lord. Nevertheless, the situation here is so poor that it cannot even provide some basic treatment.”
It was really as Sister Linda said, this place was so poor that even if she was injured, she would probably die without receiving medical treatment, because there was not enough medicine or bandages.
Due to a severe lack of funds, they had barely enough food to keep them from starving to death.
No matter how hard Sister Linda tried, it was true that the root of the problem couldn’t be improved.
“Haa… but wouldn’t it be okay after a while? The price of iron ore is also rising a little…” One of the workers said in a hopeful voice.
“Even if that were the case, I don’t know how much longer it will take to improve this situation. I don’t want to say it as a nun, but I don’t know if a war will really break out. I really don’t see a bright future.”
The people turned silent.
Turning to them, Sister Linda showed a look of regret and determination.
“In that respect… I see this as an opportunity. If I accept the job offered by the Beden Merchant Company, we will surely benefit greatly. If that happens, I will be able to change this harsh reality even by a little bit.”
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